tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC May 1, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
death of osama bin laden. signing an agreement paving the way to bring american troops home. game change. facebook launching a big new idea so all of us can save lives with just one click. crash test. stunning new video of a passenger jet designed to crash in the desert upon what have we learned about passenger survival? and joy ride. ever been suspicious what happens when you leave your keys with a parking attendant? this one takes a wild ride and is caught on tape. good evening. as we come on the air, president obama is on the ground in kabul, asks, a surprise top secret trip under cover of darkness. he's preparing to make a speech to the american people after signing an agreement to help wind down america's longest war. abc's jake tapper has all the
details for us tonight. >> reporter: president obama had told top aides that he wanted to spend the anniversary of bin laden's death with u.s. troops. but because of security concerns, we didn't know that until after the president landed at bagram and was safely inside the presidential palace. as he stepped down from air force one onto bagram air field, cloaked in secrecy and darkest night, president obama marked one year since perhaps the most significant national security success of this presidency. >> tonight, i can report to the american people and to the world, the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda. >> reporter: but after the spontaneous display of passion and patriotism that night -- the reality of the war in
afghanistan continued. since bin laden's death, 367 american troops have been killed and almost 4,500 wounded in afghanistan. >> there are roughly 88,000 troops in afghanistan right now. the u.s. is scheduled to pull out of the country, the last of the president's surge troops by september, with the remaining 68,000 u.s. troops scheduled to leave by the end of 2014. today president obama assured hamid karzai and warned insurgents that the u.s. will not abandon afghanistan after 2014, that the u.s. will not leave the country to fend for itself against the taliban and al qaeda. the two men signed a pip agreement outlining ways the u.s. will remain involved. then the president traveled to bagram again where he spoke to u.s. troops. >> there will be heart break and pain and difficulty ahead.
but there's a light on the horizon because of the sacrifices you've made. >> reporter: in his remarks, the president will talk about the how the war in iraq is over, the war in asks is ending. he will say, we've traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war, yet here in the pre-dawn darkness of afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. >> thank you, jake. and there was another surprise today, a welcome one from american manufacturing. strong numbers breathing new life into wall street and your 401(k). stocks soaring to a four-year high and david muir was on wall street for the right. >> we were all watching this today. the dow was at its highest level since 2007 at one point. the workers on the assembly line are picking up the pace there
and also in our 401(k)'s too. >> wall street hit a four-year high during trading today. why? inside americans factories, now numbers revealing the pace of manufacturing in the u.s. rising to his highest level in nearly a year. with factory strength again, economists and wall street hope for something else. >> this is better than anyone thought it would be. >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: the numbers deliver job security and the hope that more workers will be added, like in charlotte, north carolina. they're choosing americans to manufacture their turbines and power plants all over the world. saudi arabia, venezuela, thald. two of the new hires able to support their family again. a challenge he and so many other new workers were desperate for. 6 50 new hires in the last year,
they still need 825 more. appliance maker eelectrolux, 500 new hires in the last year. still hiring 200 more. that strength new fueling the markets and so many americans' 401(k)s, retirements that have taken a beating. the average one was 109,000. tonight it's 225,000 the market has more than doubled since that blow. they knew what so many americans preparing for their retirement must be feeling. >> i think relief, a sigh of relief. >> let's just make sure it keeps going. we're back from the factory in north carolina where the vice president told me, not only did they plan to hire, but he said for several months, the formula to go overseas, where we thought it was cheaper and better, no longer add up.
which is why they're making the turbines here in america now. >> thank you, david. now on the first day of may, familiar economic protesters, the occupy wall street movement were back in the street around the world once more, returning to dozens of u.s. cities after a hibernation this winter. today in new york and in oakland, california, police clashed with protesters yet again. it turns out one of those occupy gatherings in the past led police to a strange and dangerous discovery, a new kind of home-grown terror group. not al qaeda, not survivalist. today the fbi said a sting operation had thwarted one of their plots. so who are they? >> reporter: the target of a potentially deadly top president the route 82 bridge south of cleveland. more than 13,000 people cross it
every day. just before 10:45 last night, the fbi said these men placed what they thought were plastic explosives at the foot of the bridge. >> the defendants armed the explosives, left and went to a remote site. thi then sitting there entered the codes to blow up the bridge with innocent people traveling over it. >> reporter: but it was all a sting. the men had been targeted after an informant came to the fbi claiming he heard them talking about violence at a rally in october. the fbi calls the men self-proclaimed anarchists. this case also demonstrates that the threat we face is a diverse one. that terrorism can come in many hues, and from many homelands. >> reporter: the fbi recorded one of the suspects allegedly
talking about his hatred of corporate america. authorities say they have him on tape saying taking out the bridge in the business district would cost the big wigs a lot of money. prosecutors also say they had other targets as well. if convicts of the bridge plot, the men could face up to 25 years in prison. pirts thomas, abc, news washington. there was a bruising personal criticism today of 81-year-old rupert murdoch, one of the most powerful business titans in the world. british lawmakers declared in a scathing report that he's quote, not a fit person to run a major global organization. the report says he showed willful blindness to the misconduct throughout his empire, including bribing public officials and hacking private phone conversations. murdoch wrote his shareholders,
he is working hard to put things right. and a big announcement today from facebook, where hundreds of millions of people have the power to change the world. every day, mothers, fathers, children wait on the organ transplant list, desperate, hoping for a donation to save them. mark zuckerberg and his top executive are taking action tonight, hoping to form a link between that need and life-saving donors. for sam burg also on the board of our parent company disney, this is a long-time dream. >> i think our dream is to save lives. 114,000 people on the organ donation wait list. the organ donation crisis is not a medical crisis. it's a social crisis. >> a solvable problem? >> yes, with existing technology. these patients don't have to die if enough people donate. so we're trying to make this the social answer to this problem we think it can be.
>> you're going to health and wellness. >> and then organ donor. >> you choose on facebook, but then? >> if you're not registered with your state, there's a link to register with your state. >> if we begin to do this with that facebook ripple effect, one expert estimates the waiting list for transplant organs could virtually disappear in three to four years. in a sense, the spark for all this was lit years ago when a graduate student named cheryl samberg wrote a thesis about problems that could be solved with imagination, harnessing compassion. >> mark and i had been talking about organ donation. >> and then the galvanizing moment, she opened a newsletter for a harvard reunion and sees a note about his wife, written by classmate transplant surgeon andrew cameron, who talked about the desperate need to save lives. >> last year at our reuni, i
found him, and i said, i thinky we can do something about this, if you want to work with us. >> i think it's a possibility for a real game-changer. that would be a spectacular moment in medical history and in the history of public health. i think if we all get together and do it, it's going to happen. >> i grew up in a family of doctors. i'm actually the only non-doctor in my family. >> the black sheep? >> i am the black sheep of my family because i'm not a doctor. my mother, my brother and sister are physicians, and the context of working to save lives it's something that i was brought up with. >> facebook power harnessed a purpose. in a few weeks, zuckerberg and samberg are at the center of the most anticipated event on wall street, facebook going public, amid an estimated worth of a hundred billion dollars. it's something she says legally she cannot discuss.
a hundred billion dollars, that's what they're talking about. that's a lot of money. is this worth that much? >> we're in a quiet period and i just can't talk about anything related to the company. >> but you have a dream that someday it will be bigger than exxon, five years from now? >> i think it's always been very individual. the dream is that people use facebook to make their lives better. >> which brings us back to the day's announcement about forming a community of people who give the greatest gift. >> when you see someone on facebook, you don't see a name on the list. you see them. i see the picture, the people you're connected to at abc in your personal life. if we can do that and show people that these are real people, i think we can motivate people to want to save lives. >> some states are reporting that just today they have seen as many people sign up to be donors as they normally see in one month.
by the way, you're never too old to do it. people 90 years old have donated organs that did save lives. tonight on "nightline," abc's bill weir will have the amazing story of a 9-year-old waiting for an organ and the day he is given new life. coming up here, an empty passenger jet is purposefully crashed in the desert. can they learn something that will help all of us survive an air disaster?
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vacation time is approaching for american families. if you know anyone who gets nervous on planes, believe it or not this video might calm their anxiety. it's a passenger jet crashing, falling apart, but to provide insight into the science of survival. jim avila tells us what airline experts have discovered. >> reporter: an astounding 76% of passengers aboard serious airplane crashes somehow survive. even fireballs like this 1980 dc-10 crash in sioux city, iowa -- more than half on board somehow alive. or this ethiopian airliner -- ditched into the sea -- still, 54 people lived to tell. and in crash after crash, a denver fiery takeoff in 2008, and this 737 in 2009 where the jet cracked in two -- everyone
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do you remember this scene from ferris bueller's day off? parking attendants gone wild. our orlando affiliate found a pretty wild case of life more than imitating art. >> reporter: it's red. it's fast and it proved too tempting for the owner of this parking lot. we got a tip that jay nieves of premier parking in orlando, florida, was doing more than just watching customer's cars. to investigate, we rented this
flashy, corvette convertible, equipped it with a gps tracking device and dropped it off, pretending to be a husband and wife headed for vacation. just six hours later the gps tracking device sent us a text message, alerting us the car was in motion. that's when we captured this video of nieves and anohter employee joyriding in our car. they were peeling out on dirt roads, nieves waving his arms in pure joy. we saw him taking pictures with the corvette, driving it to applebee's and even parking it at his home overnight. he went to ace hardware. this is nieves walking from the store. later, he loaded it with lumber at his home and even allowed a dog to run around inside the customer's car. for two days we followed him all over town hitting speeds over 65 miles an hour. and racking up more than 60 miles. finally, when he left it in the parking lot with the top down and the door open, we'd seen enough. who's car are you driving out there? >> who's car? >> reporter: yeah. the red corvette. >> we're not driving anybody's car, why?
>> reporter: you guys were driving that car all over town. >> what are you talking about? >> reporter: even though we had all this video -- i'm going to show you something jay. let me show you this video. you recognize this road? you recognize those people in the car? >> we weren't driving anybody's car. >> reporter: he denied he ever took a joy ride. you're going to say you weren't driving the car? tell me the truth. be honest with us. >> you're completely wrong. >> reporter: it would appear our video tells a different story. for abc news, jeff deal, cocoa, florida. and our thanks to jeff deal. thank you for watching. we're always on at abc news.com. as we said, "nightline" will be along later with bill weir and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. goodnight.